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This Appendix covers the installation and setup of a Python environment for scientific computing on commonly used platforms. As discussed in Chapter
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Installers for all major platforms are available for download at http://www.python.org/downloads
Miniconda is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions. Generally the 64-bit version is recommended for modern computers, but on Windows a 64-bit compiler might not always be readily available, so staying with the 32-bit version might better in some cases on this platform.
On Windows, leave out source from these commands.
However, there are recent efforts to create conda packages for the FEniCS libraries and their dependencies: http://fenicsproject.org/download/installation_using_conda.html . This is currently only available for Linux.
For more information about software container solution Docker, see https://www.docker.com .
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